I Can Paddle! is one of several I Can! programs, sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). I Can! programs introduce Minnesota families to a variety of outdoor activities including camping, fishing, paddling, and rock climbing. Youth Outdoors I Can Paddle! Crew Members serve as paddling instructors and guides for weekend canoe and kayak workshops. Instructors teach basic paddling technique and provide on-the-water guidance for first-time paddlers. Workshops take place on both lakes and rivers managed by the DNR. Instructors provide environmental education throughout the workshops as well, offering participants information about Minnesota’s natural resources. Through their dedicated service, Youth Outdoors I Can Paddle! AmeriCorps members add value to the community and environment.
Term dates, schedule and location:
- Term: May 16 – September 3, 2017
- Schedule: Varies. Typically 32 hrs/week, Thursday-Sunday. Overnight camping required.
- Location: Saint Paul, MN
- This is not a residential program. Corps members are required to secure their own housing near the crew location.
Stipend and award:
- Monthly stipend:
- Crew Leader: $1352/mo
- Crew Member: $1084/mo
- Education award: $1527.78 upon successful completion of term
- Desire and ability to:
- Teach basic paddling strokes and techniques to a diverse group of first-time paddlers
- Educate and inspire community members by fostering a safe and supportive environment for learning basic paddling technique
- Provide environmental education to members of the public
- Display a positive attitude, interest in service and community work and desire to make a difference
- Prioritize safety at all times
- Valid driver’s license and safe driving record (no major moving violations or DUIs in the past five years)
Qualifications: Leader (in addition to above Crew Member qualifications)
- Prior paddling experience (canoe and/or kayak) on lakes and rivers
- Prior experience planning and leading trips preferred
- Prior leadership experience with peers
- Experience coordinating project tasks and logistics
- 18-25 years old.
- Able to perform the Essential Service Functions 32 hours/week, including physically strenuous work.
- Must be a US Citizen, US National, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the US.
- Must pass the National Sex Offender Public Registry and criminal history check. “Pass” is defined as no positive hits on the NSOPR and no history of violent offenses on the criminal history check.
- Flexible schedule to accommodate out-of-town assignments.
- Must successfully pass medical review process.
- Valid driver’s license and safe driving record (no major moving violations or DUI’s in the past five years).
- Full term of service must be completed in order to receive the education award.
- Monthly stipend
- Education award upon successful completion of term
- Skills training and job experience
- Health insurance
- Student loan forbearance during service term
This program is available to all, without regard to disability, race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or political affiliation. The Conservation Corps engages AmeriCorps members, ages 18-25, as defined under the American Conservation and Youth Service Corps Act, a subtitle of the National and Community Service Act of 1990. Reasonable accommodations provided upon request.
Deadline: March 3, 2017
Questions? Contact Kellie Lager, Recruitment Coordinator
firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-209-9900 x31